Prospective Controlled Study of Rectangular Titanium Cage Fusion Compared With Iliac Crest Autograft Fusion in Anterior Cervical Discectomy

Dimitris Zevgaridis, M.D., Claudius Thomé, M.D., Joachim K. Krauss, M.D., Department of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Mannheim, Mannheim, Germany.

Neurosurg Focus. 2002;12(1) 

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The results of our study suggest that RTCs are a safe and effective alternative to bone autografting after ACD for treatment of cervical disc disease. Based on these results, a larger prospective, controlled, randomized trial has been initiated at our institution.

Abbreviations used in this paper: ACD = anterior cervical discectomy; BOP = biocompatible osteoconductive polymer; HA = hydroxyapatite; PMMA = polymethylmethacrylate; PSI = Patient Satisfaction Index; RTC = rectangular titanium cage; VAS = visual analog scale; VB = vertebral body.